St Cillian’s edge Rynagh’s in close fought final

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St Cillian’s overcame a two point half-time deficit to claim a three point win in the U-16A Final in St Brendan’s Park on Saturday afternoon.

St Cillian’s overcame a two point half-time deficit to claim a three point win in the U-16A Final in St Brendan’s Park on Saturday afternoon.

Offaly U-16A Camogie Final

St Cillian’s 4-6

St Rynagh’s 3-6


Second-half goals from Daire Hanamy, Rachel Dolan and Ellen Cashen proved decisive as they moved seven points clear late in the game. St Rynagh’s never gave up the ghost and reduced the gap to three entering the closing minutes but they couldn’t manage to get back on terms despite throwing everything into attack.

Roisin Egan topped scored for St Rynagh’s from centre-back and she opened the scoring with a point after six minutes but St Cillian’s jumped into the lead when a long range effort from Daire Hanamy found its way to the back of the net.

St Rynagh’s responded soon after with a goal of their own when a powerful 21 metre free from Roisin Egan flew past the defenders on the line. The same player added another point from a free soon after but St Cillian’s were soon level after points from Daire Hanamy and Niamh Killeen.

With 25 minutes on the clock, St Rynagh’s jumped into the lead again when Michelle Rice found the back of the net after Roisin Egan had hit her third point of the half.

Coming up to half-time, St Cillian’s closed the gap to two thanks to a brace of points from Daire Hanamy.

The sides exchanged a point apiece early in the second-half with Aisling Brennan and Roisin Egan exchanging points before Daire Hanamy struck for her second goal to put St Cillian’s into the lead.

Another goal followed from Rachel Dolan and when Aisling Brennan lofted over a free, St Cillian’s were five points clear.

Roisin Egan briefly stopped the rot for St Rynagh’s with a point from a free but St Cillian’s hit back with their fourth goal with Ellen Cashen finding the back of the net.

That left seven between the sides but St Rynagh’s continued to battle and after Roisin Egan brought her total to 1-6, Sinead Moran struck for a goal to get the gap down to three entering the final minutes.

St Rynagh’s threw everything forward in search of an equalising goal but the St Cillian’s defence held firm and they held on for the win.


St Cillian’s: Aideen Freeman; Lisa Hoctor, Siofra Ryan, Orla Plunkett; Megan King, Aisling Brennan (0-2f), Aoife Cogavin; Ciara Brennan, Chloe Costello; Elizabeth Harding, Aoife Hogan, Daire Hanamy (2-3, 0-2f); Rachel Dolan (1-0), Niamh Killeen (0-1), Brid Ryan. Sub Used: Orla Killeen, Ellen Cashen (1-0)


St Rynagh’s: Shauna Keane; Hannah Plunkett, Sinead Moran (1-0), Roisin Daly; Meabh Doorley, Roisin Egan (1-6, 1-3f), Brenda Wynne; Aoife McLoughlin, Olwen Kenny; Ciara O’Sullivan, Sinead Flannery, Kate Kenny; Michelle Rice (1-0), Louise Flannery, Aine Daly. Subs Used: Karla Corcoran, Emma Kelly


Referee: Martin Walsh